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Used Postage Stamp Image
This picture is created from approximately 2400 used postage stamps plus the occasional use of artist quality acrylic paint. It is varnished plus UV protection but must not be hung in direct sunlight.
“Keep an Eye on the Time” makes reference to Dali’s 1938 painting “The Dream of Venus” where soft watches and melting clocks hang from branches of trees and are picked up again in 1952 in his painting “ The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory” – again melting time pieces. A cameo from 1949 shows a painting of an eye ball in a frame which when all is taken together, with his fear of not having enough time in his life to produce all the work and ideas he had lends itself to the idea “ Keeping an eye on the time”.
My name is Peter R. Mason and I studied Fine Art at Stafford College of Art. I am now known as the Post Pop Art Man as I create images with used postage stamps. I am inspired by the Pop Art movement and particularly admire the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. My portraits and images are created by recycling postage stamps into pixelated images to create portraits and designs both figurative and non-representational. Each stamp represents a pixel. I start by drawing the image on canvas dividing the surface into stamp sized rectangles, but I often use more than one stamp per single rectangle. Stamps are sorted by colour, design and postmark pattern, and then I begin the process of finding appropriate stamps before cutting and shaping them and finally gluing them to the canvas surface. I have work owned and commissioned by clients in America, Australia, France, and Portugal as well as in the UK.
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